Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo makes Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin his first-choice right-back signing

first_imgAdvertisement Bellerin has plenty of suitors (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is new Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo’s first choice to fill the right-back role this summer, according to reports in Italy.The Spaniard had limited game time last season after struggling with a hamstring problem and is yet to get back to his best following his anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the 2018/19 campaign.The Gunners brought in Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton in January and made the defender’s stay permanent, handing him a long-term contract at the Emirates.Mikel Arteta is in the midst of a squad overhaul and with the imminent arrival of centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are said to be among the defenders who have been made available to sell.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Corriere dello Sport, Pirlo has made Bellerin his number one choice to sign at right-back this summer.The report states that initial contact between the two clubs has already been made. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 27 Aug 2020 1:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Advertisement Pirlo wants Bellerin (Picture: Getty Images)The 24-year-old has also reportedly been offered to Paris Saint-Germain, who are in urgent need of a right-back, while the Gunners are said to have turned down an offer of below £20 million for Maitland-Niles.Gunners hero Charlie Nicholas believes his former side should consider letting Bellerin go for the right price.‘I would contemplate and look at, people have been mentioning, somebody like Bellerin if the right money came,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Now, Bellerin has been a star but since his bad injury he’s never really recovered fully.‘If we can get him fit again and get him going again, then I’m all for Bellerin staying here.’MORE: Gareth Southgate explains decision not to include Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka in England senior squadMORE: Rob Holding allowed to leave Arsenal once Gabriel signing is wrapped up, with Newcastle United interested in loan dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo makes Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin his first-choice right-back signing Commentlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil facing permanent Arsenal squad axe as Mikel Arteta must leave out two players

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 1:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShares Advertisement As well as Ozil, one of Arsenal’s many centre-backs could also miss out (Picture: Getty)A centre-back will almost certainly be left out, with Arteta having an astonishing eight central defenders at his disposal.Mari, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi have all missed the opening games of the season with injury and may pay the price and whatever decision Arteta makes, he will be unable to make changes to his squad again until January.MORE: Saint-Etienne aim subtle swipe at Arsenal over failed William Saliba loan moveMORE: ‘This family will always be a part of me’ – Thomas Partey sends heartfelt message to Atletico Madrid following Arsenal moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Partey’s arrival means Arsenal have too many non-homegrown players (Picture: Getty)Arteta therefore has to pick two senior first-team players to leave out of the squad, with initial rumours swirling that summer signings Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares would be the duo who miss out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Goal.com report that the decision has not been finalised and Ozil is also in the frame to be axed despite being the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week.The German did not feature at all after the restart last season and did not even attend Wembley for the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, though Arteta has always insisted that Ozil could win back his place in the squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have to submit their Europa League squad today, which will give a good indication of who will miss out in the Premier League – with the deadline for the league extended until October 20.There is still a domestic-only window open, allowing Premier League sides to buy, sell and loan to Football League clubs, though it seems highly unlikely that any of Arsenal’s fringe senior players would be willing to drop down to the Championship. Mesut Ozil facing permanent Arsenal squad axe as Mikel Arteta must leave out two playerscenter_img The German is one of several players sweating over their place in the squad (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil is the most high-profile Arsenal player in danger of losing his place in the squad with Mikel Arteta having to omit two first-team players following a mixed end to the transfer window.Although the Gunners pulled off the deadline-day signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, they were less successful with their outgoings and failed to offload a number of players they hoped to cash in on.That has now created an issue whereby Arsenal have 19 non-homegrown players in their squad, but are only permitted to submit a maximum of 17 to the Premier League. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Two houses, same distance from CBD, $1.6m price difference

first_imgThis five bedroom house on a 1,821sq m block in Fig Tree Pocket sold for $1.2m last year. This two bedroom house on a 405sq m block in Nundah sold for $701,000 last year.Use our new interactive tool to search which twin suburb you can save the most money by moving to: The media price of homes in St Lucia, above, are $1.22m less than those in Teneriffe. Both suburbs are 3km from the CBD.It found similar sized houses the same distance from the CBD were world’s apart in median pricing, with the highest disparity between Pallara in the south ($2m) and Brendale in the north ($360,000) — a whopping $1.64m difference.SEE SISTER SUBURB PRICE DIFFERENCE BELOWEven Brisbane’s most expensive suburb Teneriffe — 3km northeast of the CBD, median price $2.4m — had a significantly more affordable option in the rapidly gentrifying St Lucia in the southwest where the mid-range was $1.18m. That’s a $1.22m difference, with land sizes in St Lucia often much bigger than that of Teneriffe as well.3KM SISTER SUBURBS: TENERIFFE VS ST LUCIA Opting for cheaper sister suburbs the same distance from the Brisbane CBD could save homebuyers a lot of money. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.Sister suburbs (same distance from the CBD as the crow flies) could open up fresh options for buyers locked out of multimillion-dollar blue chip areas especially, according to data by realestate.com.au. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThis three bedroom house on a 405sq m block in St Lucia sold for $1.15m last year.It found that leafy Fig Tree Pocket, 8km southwest of the CBD (median price $1.21m), could be interchanged with the growing cafe culture of Nundah at half the cost and the same distance away to the northeast. Potential saving? $509,500.The data even suggests that working class Woodridge 18km southeast of the CBD could deliver over $670,000 in savings on the median house price compared to its fraternal twin Samford Valley in the northwest.As Brisbane’s list of million-dollar suburbs continues to expand, suburbs like Upper Brookfield could become a real option for someone previously keen on Chandler for example — both 15km from the CBD but a homebuyer could save $722,000.REA Group chief economist Nerida Consibee said switching to the other side of town could save a lot of money both in purchase price and future interest costs.“Many of the cheaper sister suburbs are changing though as young people move in so it may be that price increases over the next few years could be quite good.”8KM SISTER SUBURBS: FIG TREE POCKET VS NUNDAHcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMove to your sister suburb and save!00:37Two houses, same distance from the CBD, $1.6m price difference.New data has found sibling rivalry could be the key to Brisbane homebuyers saving millions on mortgages, with median price differences between sister suburbs the same distance from the CBD now as high as $1.6m. This three-bedroom house on a 304sq m block in Teneriffe sold for $2.4m last year. MEDIAN PRICE DIFFERENCE IN SISTER SUBURBS:(HIGHER MEDIAN SUBURB LISTED FIRST)16km from CBD: Pallara ($2m median) vs. Brendale ($360,000 median): Price gap $1.64m 3km: Teneriffe ($2.4m) vs St Lucia ($1.18m): Price gap $1.22m15km: Chandler ($1.445m) vs Upper Brookfield ($723,000): Price gap $722,000 18km: Samford Valley ($976,500) vs. Woodridge ($305,000): Price gap $671,50011km: Brookfield ($1.02m) vs. Hemmant ($490,000): Price gap $530,0008km: Fig Tree Pocket ($1.21m) vs. Nundah ($700,500): Price gap $509,50029km: Newport ($796,000) vs. Logan Reserve ($388,000): Price gap $408,00032km: Carbrook ($995,000) vs. Kobble Creek ($601,000): Price gap $394,000 (Source: realestate.com.au)FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Shearer: Man Utd must sign Grealish, Sancho, Kane

first_imgFormer Newcastle United star, Alan Shearer, wants to see Manchester United sign top class players this summer. Alan Shearer was one of the favourites to be inducted into the Hall of Fame The Red Devils are hoping to push forward and make a challenge for the league title next season. And Shearer believes they need top players like Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane to do so. “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was spot on when he said there could be a number of clubs forced into selling their big players for financial reasons,” Shearer told The Sun. “Whereas the majority will look to survive first before looking at transfer targets, Manchester United are in a different boat.Advertisement “And with their financial clout, they are in a good position to take advantage in future transfer markets once football is eventually back. “To get anywhere near where they want to be then they need three, possibly four, big signings. “I understand the talk of Jadon Sancho, I understand the talk of Harry Kane and I certainly understand the talk of Jack Grealish. read also:Angry Levy ‘ready to sell Kane in £200m transfer’ after recent comments “Those three are exactly the types they need if they are to compete at the top again.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Largest Cities In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

DOH blinks, says Guimaras free from COVID

first_imgIn Bulletin No. 39 released yesterday on Ilonggo repatriates (overseas workers who have returned), DOH indicated that the seafarer was being quarantined at the Western Visayas Sanitarium in Santa Barbara, Iloilo. The provincial government welcomed the move which corrected the misimpression that the patient was in Guimaras or worse, got the virus from the island. * Repatriates – 10 An “inbound pass” is issued for non-residents who enter Guimaras. * Negros Occidental – 2 * Antique – 13 As of yesterday, Region 6 has a total of 72 confirmed COVID-19 cases. They were from the following areas: * Bacolod City – nine He described as “accurate, fair and factual” the latest DOH bulletin on COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas. Outbound travels of Guimarasnons are still limited with only medical referrals, emergency cases and cases that are determined by the provincial government to be meritorious (a valid identification card and outbound / quarantine pass are required). ILOILO City – The Department of Health (DOH) backpedaled from its earlier decision to list as Guimaras’ first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a newly-returned Guimarasnon seafarer who tested positive for the virus in this city. * Capiz – five “Indeed, Guimaras remains a COVID-free province…(W)e pray for the soonest recovery of our infected repatriate resident,” said Vice Gov. John Edward Gando. The Puyo Wharf in the municipality of Nueva Valencia is open but only for cargoes and delivery of products from outside Guimaras. The seafarer is now COVId-19 Patient No. 72 of Western Visyas. He is asymptomatic. This Guimarasnon has yet to return to his home province, stressed Gov. Samuel Gumarin. Guimaras is under general community quarantine (GCQ) until May 15. It is one of the provinces classified by the national government as “low risk” in the spread of COVID-19. * Aklan – six “We are very happy that DOH listened to our appeal,” he said. Non-residents of the island are only allowed entry if the purpose of travel is to transport basic commodities and necessities; or emergency cases; or some cases deemed reasonable by the provincial government. Governor Gumarin said the provincial government was working very hard to keep Guimaras COVID19-free because their public health system is not as robust as in other provinces. The patient, a 27-year-old male and a resident of Buenavista, Guimaras, returned to the region on April 29 together with other Ilonggo OFWs who got stranded in Metro Manila. The ship they boarded docked in Iloilo City where they were all tested right away. Of these 72 cases, 10 died and 29 recovered. Gumarin assured the people of Guimaras that the provincial government was taking care of the seafarer’s needs while on quarantine and those of the four other Guimarasnon OFWs who also returned with the patient but on quarantine at a hotel in Iloilo City while waiting for the results of their tests. * Iloilo City – nine Only the roll on, roll off wharves in Jordan and Buenavista towns are being used as ports of entry to Guimaras. Only returning residents who had the occasion to enter the province beginning March 15 and who do not exhibit symptoms referable to COVID-19 are allowed entry but shall comply with the mandatory quarantine regulations. Eight remain admitted in hospitals while 25 are on quarantine (home or facility-based). Trips of motorbancas plying the Guimaras-Iloilo route vice versa are only be from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m./PN However, Gumarin said, stricter border control remains. * Iloilo province – 18last_img read more

Video: CAF rates Okocha one of Africa’s most talented dribblers

first_imgInterestingly, the 46-year-old Okocha joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2002 after the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. Okocha’s exploits helped Bolton avoid relegation with seven goals, including the Goal of the Season in the vital league win against West Ham United . The goal against West Ham was voted Bolton’s best Premier League goal in a fans vote in 2008. The next campaign Okocha was handed the captain’s armband following Guðni Bergsson’s retirement. Read Also: Kane, Son back for Tottenham’s top-four push And as captain he led Bolton to their first cup final in nine years where they lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in the 2004 Football League Cup. He eventually left Bolton in 2006 for Qatari club SC where he spent one year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Africa’s football governing body, Confederation of African Football  (CAF), has rated former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha as one of the continent’s most talented dribblers.center_img Loading… The Premier League, on their verified Twitter handle uploaded a shot clip of Okocha with a short message: “OnThisDay in 2002, @OfficialBWFC signed the one and only @IAmOkocha.” Reacting to a Premier League tweet on the anniversary of Okocha’s switch to Bolton Wanderers on 18 June 2002, CAF stressed that Okocha was among Africa’s best legs. “One of the @NGSuperEagles & Africa’s most talented dribblers:@IAmOkocha”last_img read more

FIFA, Qatar organisers publish World Cup sustainability strategy

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Football’s ruling body FIFA and host nation Qatar on Tuesday published a sustainability strategy for the 2022 World Cup, ranging from the protection of rights of workers and the LGBT community to an environmentally friendly tournament. The first-ever such strategy for a World Cup details various commitments on 112 pages amid ongoing human rights groups’ criticism on Qatar. “A total of 22 objectives have been described in detail, together with more than 70 concrete initiatives and programmes to deliver the strategy,” FIFA and the Qatari organising committee said. Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world but has been slammed by human rights and labour organisations over the treatment of migrant workers, who are essential for construction of World Cup stadiums and general tournament infrastructure. Qatar has made improvements around the Kafala system tying a worker to his employer although progress has been noted by labour organisations. Meanwhile, Amnesty International said in September that the country “remains a playground for unscrupulous employers”. The document said: “We are committed to safeguarding the rights and welfare of workers engaged on World Cup 2022 sites and promoting their rights in projects and supply chains directly linked to the World Cup. “Besides, we want to leave a legacy of world-class standards and practices for workers in Qatar and internationally. “FIFA prohibits discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, language, religion, opinion, wealth, birth or any other status.” FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said that “all critical topics related to the event have been identified and duly addressed in this strategy”. Samoura vowed that the World Cup “offers us a unique opportunity to bring about positive change, one that FIFA and Qatar cannot, and will not, let slip away”.Tags: FIFAKafala SystemLabour organisationsQatar 2022World Cuplast_img read more

Gibson ready for Ireland return

first_img Asked about the timing of his decision, he told the Irish Times: “Obviously because Trapattoni is gone. “I never really wanted to make a big deal of it to be honest with you. But after what happened at the Euros, I just felt I couldn’t play under him anymore. “I was embarrassed when I came back from the Euros [after] not winning a game and not getting on the pitch. “I was playing every week at the time for Everton and we finished in the top six of the Premier League. “Obviously I didn’t get on and I just felt he had some sort of problem with me – but I felt he had a problem with me before the Euros as well as I never played. “Like I said, I didn’t want to make a big deal about not playing under him, so I kept myself quiet. But I am available to come back now.” Darron Gibson is ready to end his self-imposed Ireland exile following Giovanni Trapattoni’s exit as manager. Press Associationcenter_img The 25-year-old Everton midfielder had made himself unavailable for his country since returning from the Euro 2012 finals without kicking a ball. However, the 74-year-old Italian’s departure has prompted Gibson to offer his services once again amid the ongoing search for Trapattoni’s successor. last_img read more

Denis Law describes being made a CBE ‘a lovely surprise’

first_img The 75-year-old played for United between 1962 and 1973, winning two league titles with the club in 1965 and 1967 and the FA Cup in 1963 as one third of the club’s ‘Holy Trinity’ alongside fellow stars Sir Bobby Charlton and the late George Best. He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1964 but was ruled out by injury for the European Cup final in 1968, which United won by beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley. “I am really proud and pleased for him. Denis is a fantastic character, one of the great characters you get in football who absolutely loves the game and never criticises it. “I have never known Denis criticise anybody in football and he has held that throughout his life. And without a doubt he was a magnificent player. I have always said that he was my hero as a player and he has to be the best Scottish player of all time. “This honour is well deserved, I am proud of his achievements at Manchester United of course, as a human being he is a fantastic person and the work he has done for charity is invaluable.” Law began his career at Huddersfield before joining City for a British record transfer fee in 1960. He moved to Italian side Torino in 1961 and was then enticed back to Manchester by United boss Sir Matt Busby after struggling to adapt to life in Serie A. In addition to his success at club level, Law also won 55 senior caps for Scotland, scoring a joint record 30 goals. Despite all his achievements with United he describes receiving his first senior Scotland call-up in 1958 as the greatest moment of his career. Law rounded off his career by representing Scotland at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. He scored 237 goals for United, and is joint second in the club’s all-time scoring list behind his old team-mate Charlton after Wayne Rooney equalled Law’s tally in November. His CBE award is also in recognition for his charity work. Law has been a fund-raiser for Cancer Research UK and is a patron for the Meningitis Now charity, and successfully recovered from prostate cancer himself in 2003. “We felt very fortunate to be playing football and to be getting paid,” he said when asked to recall what it was like to play in that great United side of the 1960s. “We didn’t get a great deal of money, but of course when I saw George Best come to the club as a young boy at 15, 16, I just looked at him and thought ‘oh, this is going to be something special’. It doesn’t always turn out that way, but it did with him and it was just lovely to play alongside him and enjoy the game.” Law has been in the news recently following an interview he gave regarding the current United side in which he was asked whether the team he played for in the 1960s would beat the 2015 edition. Law said they would beat the current team 1-0, and when asked why they would only win by such a narrow margin, Law joked: “Because we’re all in our 70s now.” He remains a firm favourite at Old Trafford, and there is a statue of him at the Stretford End of the stadium, despite two spells with Manchester City either side of his 11-year stint with the Red Devils. In his second spell at City he scored a back-heeled goal against United as they were relegated from the top flight at the end of the 1973-74 season. It proved to be Law’s final touch in league football as he asked to be substituted immediately afterwards, and he later admitted: “I have seldom felt so depressed as I did that weekend.” Law’s award also delighted former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who told the club’s official website: “I am absolutely delighted Denis has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Manchester United and Scotland great Denis Law has described being made a CBE in the New Year Honours list as “a lovely surprise”. Press Associationlast_img read more

India’s low Test totals at home

first_img(REUTERS)- India were dismissed for 107 in the second innings of the first Test against Australia on Saturday. Below are India’s lowest totals in Test matches played on home soil.Runs Opponents Venue Date75 West Indies Delhi Nov 25, 198776 South Africa Ahmedabad Apr 3, 200883 England Chennai Jan 14, 197783 New Zealand Mohali Oct 10, 199988 New Zealand Mumbai Mar 12, 196589 New Zealand Hyderabad Oct 15, 196990 West Indies Kolkata Dec 10, 1983100 England Mumbai Mar 18, 2006103 West Indies Ahmedabad Nov 12, 1983104 Australia Mumbai Nov 3, 2004105 Australia Pune Feb 24, 2017last_img read more